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Increase in GST to 8% in 2023
The Singapore Government has announced that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate will be increased from:
7% to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023; and
8% to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024.
The following tables set out the fees for authentication services, legalisation services and fees for notarial seals with the new GST rates:
Type of service
2022 at 7% GST
2023 at 8% GST
2024 at 9% GST
Notarial Certificates issued/dated before 31 December 2022 and authentication fees paid before 31 December 2022 at the 7% GST rate may still be sent to SAL for the Authentication/Apostille certificate to be issued in January 2023.
NOTARIAL SERVICES / FEES
Notarial Fees are in accordance with the First Schedule to the Notary Public Rules.
With effect from 15 February 2017, it is mandatory by law for a Notary Public to issue a Notarial Certificate for documents attested to or certified as true copies by a Notary Public.
Pursuant to the Singapore Academy of Law (Amendment) Rules 2019 and Notaries Public (Amendment) Rules 2019, which took effect on 1 October 2019, the Notarial Certificate can only be issued via SAL’s e-Register upon payment of the authentication fee of $86.40. A Notary Public is obliged to obtain payment of this amount on behalf of the Singapore Academy of Law.
In every case, the cost of Notarising a document will be $75 (Notarial Cert)+ $86.40 (SAL Fee)+ costs below:
Notarial execution by one person to any document
For witnessing execution by a second party to the same document
• Additional $20.00
For witnessing execution by each additional party to the same document
For each exhibit marked on or attached to such Statutory Declaration, Affidavit or Document
Execution by company or corporation with declaration and exhibit
Certifying as true copy for each page of document
• $10.00 / first page
$2 / subsequent pages
Please note: The above rates do not include fees charged by the law firm, individual embassies and transport charges if the document requires legalisation.
WHO IS A NOTARY PUBLIC?
A Notary Public is a senior lawyer with at least 15 years of experience practicing in Singapore, be at least 40 years old, and who has been appointed and approved to act as a Notary Public by the Senate of Singapore Academy of Law, as pear the Notaries Public Rules of Singapore. The Notaries Public Act Chapter 208, Section 8 sets out the rules with regards to the regulation of the services that the Notary Public undertakes. The Notary Public acts as an independent and neutral party, performing the function of notarising documents for overseas usage. Overseas institution such as foreign banks, government agencies, educational sector and lawyers may require the assurance that the documents submitted are certified as genuine and properly executed.
WHY CAN'T I COLLECT MY DOCUMENTS IMMEDIATELY?
With effect from 17th February 2017, it is compulsory for a Notary Public under the amended Notary Public Rules to issue a Notarial Certificate for all documents witnessed or certified. Therefore, some time is required to prepare the certificate (especially if witnessing signatures).
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE NOTARIAL CERTIFICATE WHEN I DON'T NEED IT?
With effect from 17th February 2017, it is compulsory for a Notary Public under the amended Notary Public Rules to issue a Notarial Certificate for all documents witnessed or certified, even if you are not submitting your document(s) to a foreign Embassy or the foreign recipient does not require such Notarial Certificate.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY THE SAL AUTHENTICATION FEES WHEN I DO NOT REQUIRE IT?
The Singapore Academy of Law (Amendment) Rules 2019 and Notaries Public (Amendment) Rules 2019, which took effect on 1 October 2019, the Notarial Certificate can only be issued via SAL’s e-Register upon payment of the authentication fee of $86.40. We are obliged to collect this sum on SAL's behalf. This procedure is required even if you are not submitting your document(s) to a foreign Embassy or the foreign recipient does not require SAL authentication.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IF I AM REQUIRED TO EXECUTE A DOCUMENT BEFORE A NOTARY PUBLIC?
Bring the document that you are required to sign as well as your identification document [e.g. NRIC/passport] . Do not pre-sign the document as you must sign the document to be notarised in the presence of the Notary Public, after the Notary Public has confirmed that you understand the contents of the document.
WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED A CERTIFIED TRUE COPY OF A DOCUMENT?
Bring the original document together with a photocopy of the document to the Notary Public. The Notary Public will compare the photocopied document with the original to verify its authenticity before certifying it as a true copy.
WHAT DO I BRING IF I AM SIGNING ON BEHALF OF A COMPANY?
Depending on the document to be signed, it is usual to bring along the ACRA search of the Company, the M&A, any board resolutions authorising you to sign on behalf of the Company, the Company Stamp / Seal (as the case may be) and your ID.
WHAT IS LEGALISATION?
Some countries (e.g. Middle Eastern) require documents to be legalised before it will be accepted. To legalise a document, it must first be notarised, then authenticated / legalised by the Singapore Academy of Law then by the relevant embassy. We do not provide authentication / legalisation services to the embassy but if required will hand it over to the law firm Ravindran Associates LLP to administer. Please note that additional charges will be incurred.
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